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Fall 2013-2014
* ART 260 / AAS 260 / AFS 260 (LA)  

Introduction to African Art

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

An introduction to African art and architecture from prehistory to the 20th century. Beginning with Paleolithic rock art of northern and southern Africa, we will cover ancient Nubia and Meroe; Neolithic cultures such as Nok, Djenne and Ife; African kingdoms, including Benin, Asante, Bamun, Kongo, Kuba, Great Zimbabwe, and the Zulu; Christian Ethiopia and the Islamic Swahili coast; and other societies, such as the Sherbro, Igbo, and the Maasai. By combining Africa's cultural history and developments in artistic forms we establish a long historical view of the stunning diversity of the continent's indigenous arts and architecture.

Sample reading list:
Gillon, Werner, A Short History of African Art
Garlake, Peter, Early Art and Architecture of Africa
Prussin, Labelle, The Architecture of Islam in West Africa
Adams, Monni, Kuba Embroidered Cloth
Schneider, Elizabeth Ann, Art and Communication: Ndundza Ndebele Wall Decorations...
Amin, Mohamed, The Last of the Maasai
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One short paper based on one or several art objects/structures related to course material. 60-100 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Group 2 distribution requirement. Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20571 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:9 Limit:45
20572 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20573 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCormick Hall   274   Enrolled:9 Limit:12